Something New

Back in April, I posted about an artist I follow on Instagram, #kitschychic. I love all of her fabric art that she posts, but I was particularly interested in the fabric rolls she makes. Since I never throw anything away, I have bins filled with tiny fabric scraps. I used these to make a couple of fabric snippet rolls. The process for these snippets was just to glue scraps on 2.5″ wide strips of fabric, then stitch them down. I embellished some with beads, buttons, fabric collage animals, and embroidery. There are so many beautiful examples of fabric snippet rolls online.
Upon further research on these snippets, I discovered journal fabric rolls. These journals tell a story. I guess the fabric snippets also tell a story. The journal fabric rolls I saw were usually a bit wider than the 2.5′ snippets.

Since I have been interested in learning how to Kantha stitch, I thought I would try something new. I thought I could use a journal fabric roll as a practice piece for Kantha stitching. I first became interested in Kantha stitching when I saw the beautiful art created by Mariss, of Fabrication. Mariss sent me a couple of links and answered some questions for me.
Let’s say that the fabric journal I created is Kantha-ish stitching, because it definitely isn’t an example of real Kantha stitching.
Thank you, Mariss, for the inspiration and the tips. The whole process was a fun learning experience. I plan to continue to practice and I hope to learn how to Kantha stitch correctly.

Here are a few of the problems I had with the stitching:
1. I had gelli-printed a 4″ X 41 ” strip of white fabric. I used fabric medium on the acrylic paint. This made the fabric a bit too stiff for smooth stitching.
2. My stitches are not even.
3. Since my stitches are not even, the patterns I tried did not come out.
4. I do not have good control of the thread and it keeps turning and twisting. I have to stop and adjust quite often.
5. Sometimes, I pull too much and the fabric puckers.
6. I used two layers of white fabric, and a satin fabric for the backing. Maybe this wasn’t the best use for the satin, but I thought it would make the backing look good. I was happy with the results.

The fabric journal roll is named, Morning Walk. I stitched some of the things I see on my walks. This morning, I was busy watching a dragonfly hover, dart, and buzz around. When it finally landed, I was able to get a great photo. Of course, I had to put this onto my journal roll.

My plan was to wrap the snippets around some dowels and wooden spools that I ordered. This didn’t quite work, since the ones I ordered were too small for the snippets.

The video also has a photo of the vulture rocks I painted. I mentioned that the vultures are the mascot for the Meemaws because they seem to be wherever we are. I was not able to join the Meemaws this week for a walk in the park, but they sent me a photo of the vultures that were waiting for them. I painted a rock with four vultures, and we plan to place it under the Meemaw tree. I also painted a rock with one vulture for me. The Meemaws said they would give me rocks so that I can paint one vulture for each of them.

So far, it has been a fun week.
Hope you are doing well.
Stay safe.

2019

In keeping with my 2019 Vision Statement…Create, Focus, Enough, I have been pretty busy. Maybe not so focused😉…but busy creating and happy with the end products.
Before New Year’s Eve, I made four floor pillows. I followed this tutorial for making a pillow with a zipper. Zippers are still a bit tricky for me. I have improved, but I still have trouble with the ends puckering. I have used the tab method, and the non-tab method. If anyone has any suggestions as to how to avoid the puckering at the end of the zippers, I would appreciate hearing from you.

I am back in my sewing room, and I was able to make two Super Hero pillow shams for my son’s home office. Here is the tutorial I followed for making Flanged Pillow Shams.

My Vision and Inspiration board is up. I will be adding to the board throughout the year. I borrowed my son’s idea of having a felt board. It is now part of my Vision and Inspiration wall.
 

The planner I had bought turned out to be too small, so I bought a medium-sized planner today. It is too large for the notebook pouch I had made, so I made a new one today. Both notebook pouches will be used to carry my planner, sketchbook, journals, and pen case. This pouch is a larger version of button pouches I have made. Instead of zig-zagging the edges like I did with the smaller pouches, I sewed up the sides and left an opening for turning it out. The planner measured 9″x 11″. I cut the outer fabric, lining, and fusible batting at 14″ x 23″. It might have been better to cut it at 26″, to have more of a flap over. But I was using a remnant that was less than 26″. The flap still closes, I just would have liked it to be longer. But…ENOUGH. 😊

So far, I have just been making crafts. My goal is to start working on a quilt in about another week. I will be without my sewing machine, so I will spend the time designing the quilt. I also plan to play around with Gelli plates again. My granddaughter asked if I would bring them with me next week. Also, my sister sent me another video demonstrating how to print a nesting design with Gelli plates. It looks challenging, but I want to give it a try.
I hope that your New Year has started out well. I am looking forward to reading your blogs.

Movie& Meditation Monday

After my morning walk, my plan was to pull out the Gelli-Art plates and make another attempt at making fabric and paper prints.
First, though, I started out with one stitch meditation piece.

Then, I decided to declare this to be a Movie and Meditation Monday.
I love watching old movies, especially Charlie Chaplin silent movies.
While watching movies, I made a few more stitch meditation blocks.
I have a bin where I throw the small, irregular pieces whenever I am cutting fabric.
These pieces are perfect for small blocks.
 

 
Today was fun.
I hope you enjoyed your Monday.

Update

One of the fabrics I used for Gelli-plate printing is a 100% cotton, thin dish cloth.
It’s the one in the middle of the bottom row.

This piece started out a pretty turquoise and ended up a mess. I didn’t like the texture of the cloth…at first.
As I studied the piece, I thought the texture would make a good tree bark applique. I started cutting the tree shape; and then used small pieces to collage a tree. This is still a trial and error, work in progress.